Rest in the Lord

Psalm 37: 3-7

Rest in the Lord

Psalm 37:3-7

[3] Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
[4] Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
[5] Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
[6] And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
[7] Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.

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Rest in the Lord

This Psalmist is warning people to stay faithful to the Lord, whether things seem to be good or bad, to always keep faith and rest in the Lord.

When we see others prospering and we seem to be struggling, we are not to be envious or jealous. We are to keep our love with the Father and continue to trust him, delight in him, regardless of what our lives look like.

Our earthly rewards will vanish when the earth does. But for Christians, our rewards really begin when Jesus returns and this earth and all of the “earthly things” are destroyed.

Does this mean that Christians will not or should not have anything good in our lives while living on earth? No, not at all! God is watching over us even now, and it is his desire that we have an abundance of good things… our cup may be full to overflowing. It’s how we handle the abundance that matters. Are we greedy or charitable? Braggart or humble?

Will Christians endure hard times?

Yes, as Christians, we will endure hard times, disappointments or periods where we feel we just can’t bear it any longer. Whether Christian or not, we will suffer the bad as well as the good. Why? Because we are in a time frame, where Satan has been given authority and sin is in this world. Therefore, everyone regardless of who we are or what we believe will suffer at some time or another. The Good news is that we have Our Father, God Almighty to lean on. We can rest in the Lord.

The author is telling followers of God, not to worry over what we do or do not have, compared to others. We are told to rest in the Lord, believe in the Lord, take comfort in the Lord, be committed to the Lord and wait on him because Jesus Christ is coming back and will bring righteousness with him.

So, for now we should not worry about anything. We should have complete trust in the Lord to look after us in all circumstances. Serve the Lord and wait, expectantly, for His return.

At that time, judgement will take place. Each and every person will be leaving all earthly possessions and will be directed to their new eternal homes.

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Rest in Him

My Prayer for Psalm 37:3-7 Rest in Him

Heavenly Father

I know at different points in my life as a non-Christian, I used to be quite envious of what others had that I didn’t. It started even when I was a child and wanted the toys that my friends had. I realize now that Satan tries to get his hooks into everyone on earth as soon as he can.

Thankfully Father you came into my life! Did I immediately stop wanting what others had? Did I immediately stop drooling over or getting angry that other people were leading such a carefree (and even unrighteous) lives when I was going through hardships? No! It took time Father, time to grow and understand.

First I  accepted you into my life.

The first thing I did was to accept you into my life. It took studying your Word and praying with you. Then asking for forgiveness and being cleansed of all the past mistakes, angers and frustrations I had.

Once you were in my life, I started to heal. Following that you put the peace that passes understanding into my soul. It was then that I became relaxed and happy, regardless of what was or wasn’t in my life.

Does that mean I never have bad or sad days? Am I able to be happy each and every day? No, not at all. I still have times where life just seems to overtake me and I fall.

I have learned that the important thing to do is to turn to you Father. As soon as I realize that I am in an area of loneliness, depression, unhappiness, or whatever has gotten me down, I ask for help!

The enemy

The enemy may be involved in whatever circumstance I am going through. However, Father, you will walk with me through-out the entire situation. Do I always receive a good ending? No because I live in a fallen world full of sin. But what I do get, comes from you. The ability to deal with whatever comes my way, with you by my side.

In a number of cases, I have found that when I look back on the troubling periods, I realize that those were the times of much growth for me.

I am grateful for all you are doing in my life. It is my honour and privilege to serve you Lord. I delight in studying your Word and talking to you. I am so thankful that I can rest in the Lord. And best of all, I look forward to spending eternity with you.

In the name of my Lord and Saviour, I pray. Amen

I sought the Lord and He heard me. PSALM 34: 1-6

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